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Best way to heat a doghouse?

Discussion in 'The Okie Corral' started by HollowHead, Nov 11, 2012.

  1. HollowHead

    HollowHead Firm member

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    I recently cut a small opening in the side of my garage (12"W X16"H) and built an enclosed 5'X5'X3'H box in the corner where this door is. The floor is concrete slab and has approx. 6" of pine shavings as bedding and the box is single wall 5/16" OSB walls and ceiling. My wife is using the roof of the box to spread horse blankets all over so that I'm sure adds r-value. I'm not worried about the GSD but the Redbone hound is thin skinned, short haired and getting old. Any suggestions as to keep it tolerable in there for the old guy when it's negative double digits while we're at work? If it matters at all, the door and box are facing north-west. HH
     
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    jame I don't even know....what I'm doing here....

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    Yep I just bought one today.

    I picked up a pet heating pad at Theisens, a local farm/country store. About $50, and I'm sure my garage dog will appreciate it.
     

  3. HollowHead

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    My concern is that when the Redbone gets bored, he chews and I don't want him chewing through 120 VAC. I lost a Beagle that way decades ago when I was a little kid. I'm looking for some kind of IR transducer or externally mounted ceramic blower, maybe? HH
     
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    what your significant other is pissed at you too?
     
  5. HollowHead

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    There's a reason I made this thing 75 cubic feet... HH
     
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    JimBianchi Da Da CLM

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    Give a dog a fire and he is warm for a day.

    Set a dog on fire and he will be warm the rest of his life.














    I got nothing,,,,,,,,,,
     
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    If your dog is like family, perhaps you could let it in the house, I would and have if it were my dog and gave me it's lifetime of love.
     
  8. HollowHead

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    A full working day with the both of us gone would leave them in shy of 12 hours. I don't think the Hoover Dam would hold that back... Come on, they're in all night and every second we're home but I need to think about ol' thin-skin while were working. HH
     
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    Mounted up high, with no exposed wires, a 100 watt (outdoor) spotlight will put out a tremendous amount of heat in an enclosed space. I used that in an old Igloo dog house for my outside dogs. A big pile of hay on the floor and it was downright toasty in there.
     
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    I was thinking about a high-hat but what about using an IR foodservice heatlamp instead since our ambients get in the neg. teens during the day. Would an IR heatlamp cause any UV damage like mucus membrane sunburn? HH
     
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    :rofl:

    I've got something....

    Build a man a fire, he stays warm for a night. -socialist

    Teach a man to build a fire, he stays warm for many nights. - capitalist

    Set a man on fire, he stays warm for the rest of his life. - Fascist


    :tongueout:
     
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  12. paynter2

    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Put the heating pad under some plywood? Would the HP give off enough heat to warm the plywood sufficiently?
     
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    A single 100w light bulb gives off lots of heat. Think about it.
     
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    My big ol lab would be insulted if he had to go outside for more time than it takes to do his business. He follows me around the house so close that if I stop he runs into the back of my legs.
     
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    rick458 USS Texas BB-35

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    Use a light bulb (red)in a caged housing, and secure the power cord.
     
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    eracer Where's my EBT?

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    paynter2 It ain't over Millennium Member

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    Ah.... Roast hot dogs! :whistling:
     
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    I used Oil-Filled Radiator heater, bolt it tight in the dog house.
     
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    Piss of the tree huggers. Burn Coal

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  20. Hawker Man

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    Make a box that the dog house will set on. The box should be made from plywood and the top of the box will be the floor of the dog house. The box needs to be about 8 to 12 inches tall. Install two closet light fixtures with 60 watt bulbs in the box, they will gently heat the top of the box, floor of the house. When the dogs are not in the house you will not feel much heat at all but when they lay down in the house they will feel plenty of heat through the floor. No exposed wires, no light in the dog house, no burned dog, no fire hazard if wired properly, can easily be switch controlled. You can change bulb wattage to vary heat level.